Home of the Week: One for the history books

National Post

April 26, 2013

By Connie Adair

445 Ontario Street (Carlton and Parliament streets)

Asking price: $1,399,900
Taxes: $6,902 (2012)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

It’s rare to find such a large detached home in Cabbagetown, says listing agent Daniel Bloch of Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. “The sheer space of the house can be felt the second you walk in.”

This bay and gable has been featured in several books on historic Toronto homes. The circa-1890 home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and three storeys. It has a fireplace and crown moulding in the living room, slate flooring, stained glass and crown moulding in the foyer and built-in shelves and crown moulding in the main floor den.

The dining room has a beamed ceiling, a skylight and a walkout to the yard. The renovated eat-in chef’s kitchen has granite counters and a built-in desk.

The sun room is a perfect space for dining, says Mr. Bloch, who has listed the property with Liora Tal.

The master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite bathroom. Third-floor features include a bedroom, an ensuite bathroom and a walkout to a deck. The lower level family room has marble floors and a powder room.

High ceilings, an upgraded high-efficiency furnace, eight-inch baseboards, wainscotting and skylights are other features of the brick home.

The 25×122-foot property has a landscaped front yard, a deck, an interlocking brick backyard, a garden and lane access to a two-car carport. It is close to the TTC.

Featuring a bay and gable Victorian exterior design, this home has been featured in many books about historic homes in Toronto, Mr. Bloch says.

A variation on the Victorian design, bay and gable was developed in Toronto between 1870 and 1890. “The style was an adaptation of the Victorian designs of the day to suit the narrow lots of downtown Toronto neighbourhoods,” according to information on cabbagetownsouth.ca, which cites 445 Ontario St. as an example. “Brickwork is often two-toned red and yellow and porches often feature decoratively carved doors.”

The home has been extensively renovated and restored over the years and has been a labour of love for the current owners, Mr. Bloch says.

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